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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 8, 2008 10:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Everybody's building the big ships and boats


Some are making monuments, others jotting down notes
Everybody's in despair, every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody's gonna jump for joy

5-10-86 Frost Amph

Pretty Sweet

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 8, 2008 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Manfred Mann always was my favorite...Bob fans aside. It really was a good tune by them.

Forgot this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnQFmvICP_0

This post was modified by William Tell on 2008-07-08 23:40:40

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jul 8, 2008 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

And their version of Blinded by the Light is awesome as well.

Madman drummers bummers,
Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat...

never quite sure what all that meant, but I'm pretty positive its something my moms warned me against...

This post was modified by Capt. Cook on 2008-07-09 04:14:42

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Poster: veblen Date: Jul 8, 2008 9:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

it could be one of those songs of bobby d that someone else did better...but with that said the versions with the band sound so good since you can tell that they were enjoying playing music together...they were having one hell of a good time and it comes out in just about every "strange" tune...

especially good if you like organ and tuba pounding away...

regarding blinded by the light: I had to do a double take and check the manfred mann reference above since for a second or so my mind was reading that the dead played the song...wow, that thought made me stop for a second...time for something from 68 to cleanse the mind of that one...

anyway, that might be the first time I have seen those lyrics written down, even though I knew them well; and like you I didn't have a clue of the meaning, moreover I didn't think it was a good idea to ask...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

As a kid, I really held the MM version of QtheE as one of my all time favs (so it still has a special place for me). NEVER really enjoyed anyone else doing it, even Bob (as in Dylan).

I hate to go against the grain cause we were having such a lovefest, and I deeply appreciate you two carrying this on with me, BUT, I never liked ANY of MM's songs post 69 or so...isn't BbtLight the one with "wrapped up like a douche"?

They were a defn one-hit-wonder for me...

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Poster: veblen Date: Jul 9, 2008 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

slow on posting, but I wanted to state for the record that I am far from a manfred mann groupie...never owned an lp and those might be the only two songs I know...

my love fest of last eve was of the basement tapes variety and not manfred mann's magical earth band...

though I completely forgot that it as a bruce tune...the same bruce who I have never been into but totally blew me away for three hours solo a decade a ago...it was really a solid show to say the very least...

I don't know about 69 but I have always been one that believed true rock died around 71-72 and still hold to that line.

now I must find a machine with a sound card so I can kill the blinded by the light ear worm that has been living in my head since last night...



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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 9, 2008 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Scary re the "Mandy" syndrome (as noted by Wayne and Garth). This is the tune that has been haunting me for some strange reason the past several days; you've been warned:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX3K35jvY9A

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 3:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

I stopped reading at "Mandy"...along with BBTL, those two are chronic cerebrum circulators (they get in and they can't get out; who wants THAT?).

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 9, 2008 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Smart man - although Minnie Ripperton could hit some crazy high notes.

I'm evil - go ahead and try to get Abba's Dancin' Queen out of your head, just try...

the 5/21/74 matrix is currently helping

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Poster: veblen Date: Jul 9, 2008 3:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

I had a strange feeling that this thread was leading to a mention of the "best" palindrome named band out of scandanavia...

and it is true that their ear worms can do major damage to the senses...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 10, 2008 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Congrat's to JGlynn and all...Tell's still an idiot...

Well, always cautious about self congratulatory notions, but this thread, starting innocently enough, was great fun. From the DEAD to MMann to Bruce to the DEAD to the European Arctic Circle.

Can't go further than that I suppose.

All in good fun. Must fun I have had here in a while.

This post was modified by William Tell on 2008-07-10 14:33:15

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 9, 2008 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Just to get back to jglynn's original post for a moment:

That really is one super sweet Quinn!!!!

Maybe the best I've heard the boys do, and the sound quality of the board (Charlie Miller version) is pristine.

Great call!

(is the rest of the show any good, i wonder? '86 usually equals train wreck.)

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 9, 2008 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Do you like anything post 69?

hahahahah

;)

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Poster: folkmanb001 Date: Jul 9, 2008 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

"wrapped up like a douche??"
how about -

"revved up like Deuce?" aka "Deuce Coupe"

Common mistake- MM could have sang it a lot better.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Will no one "credit" Bruce Springsteen for writing the same?

http://www.brucespringsteen.net/songs/BlindedByTheLight.html

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Absolutely. He did it on the first album I think, maybe 73? MM did it much later, around 77, and just never cared for it. Was not the MM of the 60s, IMHO.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Fear not--it was no mistake. It was voted the "best misunderstood lyric" ever by someone, somewhere.

I think I first read about it here at LMA some time ago when we all talked about such things--I always liked "I'm a toad in a cup" for "Mama told me not to come" (sounds odd, but listen to it next time...).

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Poster: folkmanb001 Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Misunderstood with good reason- it was the water cooler conversation at work about a week ago. It was playing over the office radio and one of the guys was belting out "wrapped like a douche!".

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Just realized that it made sense for Bruce to write that lyric in the early 70s, Jersey/50s throwback/rebel/etc., but not MM I suppose...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

I am firmly in 71 right now, but you make a good point.

MM did BBTL in 78 or so, so that is way past my expiration date...

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

hahahahah -- wait till you get to '73 - some very fun stuff going on - my personal fave is '73 They Love Each Other with Wave that Flag as a close Second. And of course Bertha.

Mary (Merry?) run around
sailing up and down
just looking for a shove
in some direction--


This post was modified by jglynn1.2 on 2008-07-09 18:57:18

This post was modified by jglynn1.2 on 2008-07-09 18:58:54

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

Yep--Garcia is not my Jerry of 68, BUT his playing is amazing on the ones in the 73 Box we spoke of a while back. Jazzy, WotFlood-esque. I would pick that one song as the best example of that sound, know what I mean? Sort of a precursor to the sound of some of his JGB work later on...?

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 9, 2008 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

I hear you on that, the sound/tone he developed in early '70s is pretty bouncy and fun, I keep going back to it. Way different from the '80s. The more I listen the more apparent it gets that there was a method to the maddness, it is not simply pickup a guitar, plug in and play. I think the whole band was very conscious and/or intuitive with tone/sound.

Again what the F do I know, maybe it was just 'plug & play'!!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 9, 2008 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Everybody's building the big ships and boats

That's it! Though the spinners won't agree with me, BOUNCE is perfect for it, yet almost contradictory for me to think of "bounce" with the DEAD (ie, why the spinners might disagree). Gyrate, flail, jump, but not really bounce til 73 and this song...sort of a cool in the know bounce as you stroll...better if you're a brother for the imagery.